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09-25-2013, 07:24 AM - 7 Likes   #1
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Pentax K-mount Lens Roadmap Archive (from 2005 on)

This topic contains most (if not all) Pentax K-mount lens roadmaps since 2005 which were collected by a fellow Dutch forum member (Frederik9111), so credit should be given to him. Don't know if such a collection already exists on this forum. I will ask a moderator if this topic is worthy enough to be a sticky.

From new to old:

14. February 6, 2013



13. November 7, 2013



12. October 9, 2013



11. August 28, 2013



10. September 25, 2012



9. February 2, 2012



8. March 24, 2009



7. March 3, 2009



6. September 22, 2008



5. March 18, 2008



4. October, 2007



3. Fall 2006



2. Spring 2006



1. Fall 2005




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Amazing post, I think someone/Pentax should develop an interactive lens and camera timeline for the rich Asahi/Pentax History.
09-25-2013, 08:13 AM   #3
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Thanks, I viewed this from bottom to top, very interesting. Like watching a kid growing up.
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Curious to see the DA 35 SDM emerge, become DA* 30 SDM, and then disappear.
Wonder if it would have been a Sigma-like f/1.4.

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Interesting to see how it used to be a "Lens Development Roadmap" with only the new DA lenses, and then became a "Lens Lineup" which acknowledged the remaining FA lenses.

The early Lens Development Roadmaps give the impression that things were pretty sparse back then. I joined Pentax only in 2012 so I don't really know. It would have been interesting to see how the FA lenses became discontinued over time, although of course that would never have been touted on a roadmap.
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Updated the first post with the latest roadmap in which the SMC Pentax-DA 55-300 ED was replaced with the HD Pentax-DA 55-300 ED WR.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Asahiflex Quote
Updated the first post with the latest roadmap in which the SMC Pentax-DA 55-300 ED was replaced with the HD Pentax-DA 55-300 ED WR.
Three updated roadmaps appeared today: for K mount, Q mount and Pentax 645 mount.

Pentax K

- Addition of HD Pentax-DA 20-40 mm f/2,8-4 ED Limited DC WR replacing the former DA Zoom Limited
- The converter is now labelled HD: HD Pentax-DA AF RC 1.4x
- Together with DA Wide Zoom, DA Zoom and DA Tele Zoom, it is now scheduled for "2014 of later" instead of "2013 or later"

http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/lens/K_Mount_Lens.pdf



Pentax Q

- Addition of Pentax-08 replacing the former Wide Lens
- Telephoto Macro" is now scheduled for "2014 of later" instead of "2013 or later"

http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/lens/Q_Mount_Lens.pdf



Pentax 645

- The 3 expected lenses (Wide Zoom, Standard Zoom and Tele Zoom) are now scheduled for "2014 of later" instead of "2013 or later".

http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/lens/645_Mount_Lens.pdf



Hence, except if there is a surprise, no new lens should be announced this year.
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I'm curious as to the DA Zoom. Looks like it should be ~18-80mm. Does Pentax plan on replacing the existing 17-70mm f/4 - or is this an all-new lens ?
Maybe this is an attempt to either

a) Update the 17-70mm f/4 to match/beat Sigma's 17-70mm f/2.8-4
b) Make a WR model
c) Make a fast zoom - 28-75 f/2.8 like what Tamron has (also WR).

Personally - I'd like/prefer something like the 18-135mm - just a little faster.
Eg. 18-135mm f/2.8-4 WR. That woud be a REALLY good 'all around' lens. While I don't expect tack sharp at all focal lengths - it would improve the lens low-light/indoor usefulness along with boken/DoF


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Updated with the latest lens roadmap as of today!
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Does it look like the next D FA zoom is 28-105? I wish it was 24-105.. like this Sigma.
24-105mm F4 DG (OS)* HSM | A | Sigma Corporation of America

Edit: Yahoo!!.. good news.. if you look at the roadmap with Firefox's PDF viewer.. the line looks like 24-120mm!

http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/japan/products/lens/images/K_Mount_Lens.pdf

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Asahiflex, you should consider updating your first message in this very interesting thread.
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645 roadmap updated with image of 35/3.5

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